Ex-deputy premier subpoenaed by Quebec corruption inquiry

Nathalie Normandeau said in a statement she received a subpoena Thursday morning

MONTREAL – Former Quebec deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau has received a subpoena from Quebec’s corruption probe.

Normandeau says in a statement she received the subpoena this morning.

Jean Charest’s former No. 2 said in a statement she’s been meeting with investigators from the Charbonneau Commission in recent weeks.

If inquiry officials deem it necessary, Normandeau says she is willing to testify at the probe.

Her name has surfaced at the inquiry, with allegations she received gifts like hockey and concert tickets in exchange for favourable decisions when she was in cabinet.

Normandeau has vigorously denied the allegations.

She is also alleged to have intervened in a water-treatment plant contract by helping an engineering firm obtain the lucrative deal in exchange for donations.

The allegations were detailed in warrant information from Quebec’s anti-corruption squad that was released by the courts to media.

Anti-corruption officials alleged in those documents that Normandeau intervened in favour of the Roche engineering firm against the advice of civil servants.

No charges have been laid and Normandeau has insisted she wasn’t involved in fundraising.

She left politics in 2011.

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